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Opinion

Opinion: Federal Workers’ Unfair–and Unnecessary–Paid Leave Windfall

Millions of parents around the country are struggling to care for school-age children who aren’t yet allowed back into their public classrooms. But some are struggling less than others. Just like with other aspects of the pandemic, it’s inevitable that the pain of school closures wouldn’t be felt equally. Families with a parent already at

COVID-19

Pandemic makes prostitution taboo in Nevada’s legal brothels

Before the coronavirus pandemic, tourist-dependent Nevada had a notorious attraction: It was the only place in America where someone could legally pay for sex. These days, even in the state known for sin, the business is taboo. Legal brothels have been shuttered for nearly a year, leaving sex workers to offer less-lucrative alternatives like online

Energy

Opinion: Closing Coal Plants Is Becoming Big Business and a Disaster for Consumers

If you think the accelerating pivot to renewable energy is all about cleaning up, think again. An increasing number of utilities are under mounting pressure from Wall Street and their shareholders to spend and pass the costs of new wind turbines, solar farms, and transmission infrastructure off to their ratepayers. New projects mean new guaranteed

COVID-19

Lost jobs and rising hunger: St. Mary’s Food Bank shifts gears during COVID-19

Hunger in America is on the rise, putting more pressure on food banks already struggling to keep up with the unprecedented need during the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Mary’s Food Bank, which has been feeding families for more than five decades, has seen the need soar over the past several months, spokesman Jerry Brown said. A

COVID-19

Unemployment dips in Arizona for December, but jobs are still tight

As COVID-19 pummels away in Arizona, unemployment in the state dipped slightly in December, with the restaurant and entertainment industries continuing to take the hardest hits. The state unemployment rate was 7.5% last month, compared with 8% in November, putting Arizona among 20 states with the good fortune to post December decreases, according to the

Biden Administration

In first days, Biden flashes action as deep problems loom

Inside the White House, President Joe Biden presided over a focused launch of his administration, using his first days in office to break sharply with his predecessor while signing executive orders meant as a showy display of action to address the historic challenges he inherited. But outside the gates at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., there are

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